Vanguard University - Master's Degree

Vanguard University of Southern California is a private institution that was founded in 1920. The University is a Pentecostal school in Costa Mesa, about 50 miles south of Los Angeles. Vanguard University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

  • Average Tuition USD 40,940

School Description

The University offers over 30 undergraduate degrees, six graduate degrees, emphases in 15 different departments and provides adult-learning programs in its professional studies department. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Notable alumni include Jason Frenn (Conference Speaker & Author at General Council of the Assemblies of God ) and Vera Clark (Founder/CEO at Ready, Set, Read, Inc).

Master Programs

  • 55 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA

    Clinical Psychology

    A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of clinical psychology, involving the analysis, diagnosis, and clinical treatment of psychological disorders and behavioral pathologies. Includes instruction in clinical assessment and diagnosis, personality appraisal, psychopathology, clinical psychopharmacology, behavior modification, therapeutic intervention skills, patient interviewing, personalized and group therapy, child and adolescent therapy, cognitive and behavioral therapy, supervised clinical practice, ethical standards, and applicable regulations.

  • 55 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA


    Instructional programs that focus on the theory and practice of learning and teaching, and related research, administrative and support services.

  • 55 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA


    A program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirmed, or other individuals or groups. Includes instruction in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, Referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance.

  • 55 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA

    Organizational Psychology

    A program that focuses on the scientific study of individual and group behavior in institutional settings, applications to related problems of organization and industry, and that may prepare individuals to apply such principles in industrial and organizational settings. Includes instruction in group behavior theory, organizational theory, reward/punishment structures, human-machine and human-computer interactions, motivation dynamics, human stress studies, environmental and organizational influences on behavior, alienation and satisfaction, and job testing and assessment.

  • 55 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA


    A program that focuses on the nature of religious belief and specific religious and quasi-religious systems. Includes instruction in phenomenology; the sociology, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, literature and art of religion; mythology; scriptural and textual studies; religious history and politics; and specific studies of particular faith communities and their behavior.

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    Forbes (USA) 572

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 3.00
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL 80
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.50
  • Minimum SAT 830
  • Minimum ACT 18


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    Established in 1920


    Vanguard University of Southern California is a 2015 'Best in the West' College in the Princeton Review.

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        55 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USA

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          • Testimony
            2011-2013, Bachelor of Arts

            Vanguard is greatYI will simply say one thing about the university, I enjoyed every minute of every class while I was attending Vanguard. It is a great school to meet new people but to also get very personalized help from each and every one of the professors while you attend classes. I wish I would have spent all four years there and was not just a transfer student.

          • Testimony
            2009-2012, Bachelor of Arts

            Great community, who cares about your growth in career and faith!YYThe education you receive is enhanced by the faculty and staff who take time to get to know you. You will meet great people who will inspire your faith. The Caf is really tasty and healthy as well!

          • Testimony
            1979-1984, BA, Religion

            Turn your life in a different directionYYThis is the place where change happens. You come here and be diligent, the place, the relationships modify your interior, mold you to a life of service.